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Royal Canberra takes what it wants and bugger the rest of us

By johnboy - 18 May 2007 27

The Canberra Times reports that, like their members, the Royal Canberra Golf Club considers itself to be above the petty restrictions which encumber scum like the rest of us.

In particular they are ignoring water restrictions and pumping as much water out of the lake as they want, in the ten months of the financial year the fat cats have made off with double their allocation and can’t be bothered responding to the NCA’s communications on the matter.

The NCA is going to try and change the laws to bring them to heel but I, for one, call for all the members to be rendered down Fremen style to repay the water they have taken from the community.

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Royal Canberra takes what it wants and bugger the rest of us
Maelinar 3:26 pm 18 May 07

Lets just wait for the report to be released that the last 24 hours of downpour has had absolutely no effect on our dams, on account of the water falling in the wrong place or some other stupid remark.

When will the sensible question be asked – why aren’t the dams in the right place then ?

Ralph 3:17 pm 18 May 07

Indeed. That I want stopped.

johnboy 3:11 pm 18 May 07

the Murrumbidgee that we’re releasing our drinking water into to maintain environmental flows.

LG 3:11 pm 18 May 07

Really bad interview by the Golf guy – basically “I know the NCA say we can only have this much, but we don’t think that’s right so we’ll just do what we want”

Lets try that from an ‘average joe’ point of view… “yes officer, i know the speed sign said 60km/h but that dosen’t work for me so I thought I’d take it up to 150km/h”

Ralph 3:07 pm 18 May 07

It’s not like either parties using lake water are going to drain the lake dry.

I don’t think its an issue as we are not extracting it for household consumption (it gets fouled by Queanbeyan and Fyshwick on its way down), and otherwise it’s just going to end up down the Murrumbidgee at some point.

johnboy 3:02 pm 18 May 07

which would be why the NCA wants to try and change the law, although the compensation will be a doozy.

Sadly Royal Canberra is rather well equipped with lawyers.

Maelinar 2:59 pm 18 May 07

I thought the letter of the law actually states that they and the uni can take whatever they damn well please.

johnboy 2:23 pm 18 May 07

It’s in the article, others including the GG pump from the lake, but they differ from the golfers by abiding by their abstraction limits.

poptop 2:21 pm 18 May 07

Isn’t pumping from the lake the way the Governor General keeps his garden green, lush and luxuriant also?

Who else has water use rights from Lake Barely Drippin’?

apehammer 2:15 pm 18 May 07

“These blokes need some damage control, quick.”
They’re not overly concerned what we or anybody else thinks about them. That’s the nature of places like this.

Mr Evil 2:12 pm 18 May 07

Yeah, cut the fence and spray the place!

RandomGit 2:05 pm 18 May 07

Damage control? You mean round up on all 18 holes? And the two on each member?

Sammy 1:36 pm 18 May 07

Indeed, the bloke from Royal Canberra sounded cocky and arrogant on 666 this morning.

Whether it is accurate or not, the idea that the top end of town is playing golf on lush green grass, while elsewhere in town local sporting clubs are unable to play their chosen sport due to the sorry state of the local ovals, is not a great image.

These blokes need some damage control, quick.

Pandy 1:35 pm 18 May 07

change the laws and frack ’em

Al 1:30 pm 18 May 07

Yeah we’ll start feeling like we are living in Arrakis if we don’t get more of last night’s rain every week between here and Xmas…

I listened to the bloke from the golf club talking to Ross Solly on 666 this morning – didn’t seem to have a clue or a plan. His take-home message was just “we disagree with what the NCA said we could have and they never replied to our letter, so we just keep on using whatever we want…”

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